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Victoria's 18th Annual Ska & Reggae Festival is thrilled to announce that Stax Records Artist and multiplie Hall of Fame inductee - BOOKER T. JONES (of Booker T. & the M.Gs) will be coming to Victoria's 18th Annual Ska & Reggae Festival on Thursday, June 15, 2017 at Ship Point Inner Harbour. 

He will be joined by Rocksteady Legends KEITH AND TEX who many know from their hit single "Stop that Train" that was used in the Harder they Come sound track featuring Jimmy Cliff. Keith and Tex has a new album ready to release and are excited to return to Victoria Ska & Reggae Festival since their last appearance in 2015 backed by The Slackers. 

Notably Keith and Tex will be backed by The Steady 45s from Los Angeles. The Steady 45s are a talented die-hard rocksteady ska group. Jamaican rocksteady from the 60s are their primary influence. 

The New Groovement featuring Greg Baan Meiklejohn of The New Souls and Chelsea D. E Johnson of High Society will open. 

Garden City Soul Club DJs that present the hottest soul night in town monthly will be the DJ of honour spinning vintage soul and R&B during interludes.  

Victoria BC Ska Society presented a pair of concerts with Booker T. Jones in February of 2016 in Victoria and Vancouver at Alix Goolden Hall and The Vogue Theatre. The spirit of those two concerts have lead us up to today with the announcement of his confirmation at the festival. 

It can be argued that it was Booker T. Jones who set the cast for modern soul music and is largely responsible for its rise and enduring popularity. On classic Stax hits like “Green Onions,” “Hang ‘Em High,” “Time Is Tight,” and “Melting Pot” the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Musicians Hall of Fame inductee and GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award recipient pushed the music’s boundaries, refined it to its essence and then injected it into the nation’s bloodstream. 

While Booker T. Jones is most known for his lead role on the B3 organ in Booker T & the MGS he has continued to record with the whose who of contemporary soul, jazz, rock n' roll, hip hop and Latin based artists. In 2009 Booker T Jones was featured playing the B3 on Rancid's album Let the Dominoes Fall on the track "Up to No Good." In 2011 Booker T Jones recorded his ninth studio album titled The Road to Memphis on the ANTI record label. On the album he is backed by hip hop/jazz juggernauts The Roots. A fan favourite on the album played by Booker and the Roots is "Everything is Everything" written by Lauryn Hill. This album also features songs with Yimi Yames of My Morning Jacket; Matt Berninger of the National and Sharon Jones of Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings who sing a duet "Representing Memphis" and Lou Reed on the track "The Bronx." 

This is an all ages presentation. Ship Point is outdoor and fully licensed. Kids 10 and under are free with an accompanying paying adult. 



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